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my grandmother’s favorite dish

Tradition is the foundation of my kitchen. So many dishes come from ones cooked by my grandmothers while I watched with starry eyes. Over the years I have added to my recipe collection but I have always held dear our family favorites. They may not be the fanciest (think egg noodles with cottage cheese or chopped meat and scrambled eggs!) but we love them none the less. Today would have marked my Great Grandma Zam’s 108th birthday. She’ll be celebrating in heaven  but she’s still in our hearts and in my kitchen.

Grandma Zam's favorite dish

Grandma Zam’s favorite dish

They say that dishes get “flavored” through use and this is one of my favorite ones. I can’t count the number of casseroles, meatballs, lasagnas, and so on that have been baked in this dish but I do know that everything I make in it always seems a bit more magical. It was a staple in Grandma’s kitchen and now in mine. I’ll cook in it for my children as she did for hers. With trusted Elsie and Elmer by its side, anything I make, can’t go wrong. So remembering my Grandmother and wishing her the happiest of birthday’s, it may not be exact, but here’s the Conti households’ Grandma Zam’s Macaroni and Beef.

Classic and heartwarming :)

Classic and heartwarming 🙂

I can see these two dancing around like something out of Beauty and the Beast when the kitchen lights go out!

I can see these two dancing around like something out of Beauty and the Beast when the kitchen lights go out!

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pumpkin spiced french toast bake

Ah, ’tis the season for pumpkin spice. From lattes to linguini, the options are endless. This year I attempted homemade pumpkin spice so I always have some on hand! And odds are, you already have the ingredients in your pantry.

The first recipe? A twist on our family favorite french toast. The original recipe came from an inn in Cape Cod years ago but with a few small changes is transformed into an autumn masterpiece. It’s such a prefect brunch bake since you make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning! 30 minutes later you have this Pumpkin Spiced French Toast Bake.

Homemade pumpkin spice is twice as nice!

Homemade pumpkin spice is twice as nice!

My little guy loves the whisking!

My little guy loves the whisking!

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delicious brunch french toast casserole

Every summer my family and I take the 5 hour drive to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for vacation. It’s a trek we’ve been making since I was a little girl and it always reminds me of family. With the holiday season just beginning, I thought I’d share a dish that also makes me reminisce about family. This recipe was passed on to me by my aunt who scored the killer secrets from the Moses Nickerson House Inn in Chatham, Cape Cod. The almost 200 year old inn has since changed names, now calling themselves the Chatham Gables Inn and underwent a huge renovation, but we hope they kept this little gem on the menu! It’s the simplest go-to dish for any Sunday morning brunch or Christmas morning treat. You’ll enjoy cuddling up with loved ones while dining on this French Toast Casserole!

French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

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